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Seneca Quotes

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The great blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach; but we shut our eyes, and, like people in the dark, we fall foul upon the very thing we search for, without finding it.

~ Seneca

There are none more abusive to others than they that lie most open to it themselves; but the humor goes round, and he that laughs at me today will have somebody to laugh at him tomorrow.

~ Seneca

The good things of prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.

~ Seneca

Consult your friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself. His counsel may then be useful where your own self-love might impair your judgment.

~ Seneca

It is the constant fault and inseparable evil quality of ambition, that it never looks behind it.

~ Seneca

The greatest remedy for anger is delay.

~ Seneca

Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes.

~ Seneca

There are no greater wretches in the world than many of those whom people in general take to be happy.

~ Seneca

A well-governed appetite is a great part of liberty.

~ Seneca

Calamity is virtue's opportunity.

~ Seneca

All cruelty springs from hard-heartedness and weakness.

~ Seneca

A punishment to some, to some a gift, and to many a favor.

~ Seneca

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.

~ Seneca

It goes far toward making a man faithful to let him understand that you think him so; and he that does but suspect I will deceive him gives me a sort of right to do it.

~ Seneca

The pleasures of the palate deal with us like the Egyptian thieves, who strangle those whom they embrace.

~ Seneca

There is as much greatness of mind in acknowledging a good turn, as in doing it.

~ Seneca

Every guilty person is his own hangman.

~ Seneca

Whom they have injured, they also hate.

~ Seneca

A hungry people listens not to reason, nor cares for justice, nor is bent by any prayers.

~ Seneca

What madness it is for a man to starve himself to enrich his heir, and so turn a friend into an enemy! For his joy at your death will be proportioned to what you leave him.

~ Seneca

Injustice never rules forever.

~ Seneca

It is often better not to see an insult than to avenge it.

~ Seneca

Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more
hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.

~ Seneca

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